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not a religious person. but i think we should all take a moment and say a prayer of thanks for the environment we live in. for all of us who touch bay area real estate, it's really incredible how quickly things have changed. if you go back two, two and a half years and think about what the environment was in the middle of 2010, we were in a terrible environment. values were down significantly. we couldn't lease space it save ourselves and we felt it would be a long, long slug to come out of the hole we were in. here we are, barely two years later, in one of the strongest office markets in the country. the growth for is overwhelming a shrinking of real estate needs and we're not seeing that kind of growth in new york or washington. it's very select markets that we're seeing the kind of growth that you are seeing in san francisco. so we all should be grateful that we work in this very unique and interesting environment. i am also grateful to jerry and rob speyer for driving this company that can take on and capitalize projects. there are few companies able to do this. i feel very lucky to be part
of electric vehicles to improve san francisco's environment and the global environment as a whole so please welcome mayor ed lee. >> michael, matt, congratulations to scoot, yes. scoot and san francisco, well, let me first of all put this in some little perspective that i know, i know that we just announced last week, eb week in san francisco to the delight of so many people who want to just have modes of transportation, multiple modes of transportation in a city that are also environmentally friendly and to contribute that reducing our fossil fuels, we are in san francisco world citizens after all and i know it's exciting for ed risken, our mta manager, he and i were excited to talk about different modes of transportation as we create all these exciting events to come to san francisco. i know it's exciting for board president david chiu, we tried to put pods for car sharing in neighborhoods on public streets and began in russian hill on his district, he's a vibrant, vibrant avid supporter of car sharing as i have been, i know ed riskens, well at the hub, knowing that that's an incubator fo
>> we came to seven straight about 10 years ago. -- 7th street about 10 years ago. the environment is huge. it is stronger than willpower. surrounding yourself with artists, being in a culture where artists are driving, and where a huge amount of them is a healthy environment. >> you are making it safer. push, push. that is better. when i start thinking, i see it actually -- sometimes, i do not see it, but when i do, it is usually from the inside out. it is like watching something being spawned. you go in, and you begin to work, excavate, play with the dancers, and then things began to emerge. you may have a plan that this is what i want to create. here are the ideas i want to play with, but then, you go into the room, and there maybe some fertile ideas that are becoming manifest that are more interesting than the idea you had initially set out to plan. so there has to be this openness for spontaneity. also, a sense that regardless of the deadline, that you have tons of time so the you can keep your creativity alive and not cut it off and just go into old habits. it is a lot like l
this opportunity to kind of examine what is going on in our real estate environment, and in particular, to thank the san francisco business times for putting on this event. and i think for most of us in this room, we rely very heavily on the san francisco business times to keep track of what is going on in san francisco, and the greater bay area, in the real estate world. and it is the best source of that information for all of us. mary asked me if i would make a few observations about the general state of the real estate economy here in san francisco and as i do that, i always have to think about what to say that mary hasn't already said about it. and if you look at the real estate economy generally in our nation, and the fact that it is still soft. that we still need more jobs. that there is a recovery, but it's a slow recovery. you can't do that without thinking gee, will i sound like a politician for one or the other major political parties? and so i will steer clear of that and focus instead on san francisco and maybe we're living in a bubble, but it's a pretty wonderful bubble to be living
to enjoy the environment. this is our future generations so we have to have the best ideas. how to keep our environment and our strong. i want to tell you that there are a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for keeping our city grain trade we have at least three different projects that we have been focused on for a number of years. i have had the privilege with working with mohammed and our city engineers to accomplish this. most importantly with our community leaders and volunteers throughout every part of our neighborhoods. i hope that you do you is your time and take advantage of our wonderful weather to go out and do as many doors as possible of all the -- tours as possible of all the community gardens. we have a committee challenge program, one that i am proud to have headed up when we were at public works but also the city administrator. this program today funds almost $900,000 this year in programs that are all committee pushed. it is attacks checkoff for corporations and individuals. the fund this through the tax system to provide almost $1 million every year and is put into a communit
advanced since the construction of these facilities, town school's vision is a mor modern environment than just pure additional space. this project is the result of a ten year search and review of all the options throughout the city that have on-site improvement, expansion, splitting the school and all other sorts of options to get the education conditions appropriate for the school for the future, more than four years ago, the school revitalized and wanted fo expand, for three years, the school has worked with the faculty to determine educational requirements, during this time, the school has worked closely with the environment and bidding department with the city of san francisco to explore possibilities on this site and to be on top of the urban contract development issues, through this multiyear dialog, we've worked closely with the neighbors as a group, this project reflects this consensus. if i may, i want to outline some of the key points, we're 54 thousand feet, the proposal is 19 thousand square gross feet, to get to 34, 4 thousand square feet is above grade, that gives us basica
under pines and eucalyptus. hang out in this environment and you might see butterflies it, fennel, and then the lines. -- dandelions. is ada accessible. public transit is plentiful. we have conquered the steps, we have watched the dogs, and we have enjoyed a beautiful view. this is a place to take someone special on a romantic stroll and enjoyed a beautiful look out. welcome to corona heights located in the heart of this district. it offers a view of the downtown skyline, the bay bridge, and the east bay. it is one of the best kept secrets in the city. it is hardly ever crowded. on any given day, you will run into a few locals. , bought a 37 bus to get there without any parking worries. for legged friends can run freely. there is also a patch of grass for the small box. >> it is a great place. it is a wonderful place to have these kinds of parks. that dog owners appreciate it. >> take time to notice of the wildfires that are on the grassland and keep your head out on the lookout for hawks and other bird life. be sure to take your camera and be prepared to take a view of the city w
and innovate our new ideas for the new economy and our mutual obligations on the environment, and then there is something that paris and san francisco hold very dearly and that's an ongoing conversation about our human rights as world leaders, so it's human rights, it's the environment, it's the economy and these are the reasons why we hold our relationship with paris and with all the other great cities of the world in a sister city relationship so dearly, we learn from each other, we send delegations to each other, we welcome each other to the city but in each and every instance, we are always thinking about ideas about how we can help each other and help regions improve, so i am excited to have met with the mayor just a few minutes ago to reaffirm our relationship and we'll sign that in a few moments to document that and to promise each other that we will continue this very great relationship and we could not have done it without the involvement of our private citizens, tom horn has led a fantastic group of volunteers on our sister city committee for paris and san francisc
and danger by making it erasing truck. for our goal is to make it safer and better environment for all. third, we are not targeting the center the problem. which is the speeding traffic. because most accidents happen from the reckless drivers that try to beat the traffic lights and where the most accidents happen. fourth, if our goal is really the safety of the pedestrians, we should stress and enforce the drivers who drive on masonic so dangerously to change their direction of alternative streets. by having more force on traffic lights will do the job or have a longer waiting time on masonic traffic lights will help too. that's my suggestion, my idea. finally i am for change. but this is a bad plan, and we need to have a better plan that suits all. and i am for the coalition, bicycles. and i am for the addition of bike lane. but we need to make it safer environment for all. >> edward depalma. >> good afternoon, i am a resident of haight ashbury district. i ride a bicycle everyday and on masonic corridor on a regular basis. and it's incredibly unsafe and i feel threatened and i am sad to say,
and then i would also like to ask for permission to introdchin of the francisco environment to be repaid through the special tax assessment against the specific parcel over a 20-year term. the port must opt into the special tax district, however the special taxes are secured by the tenant's leasehold interest. >> port in return would pay its prorated share of the special taxes which is approximately 35 percent, and that was derived by the amount of space that the port occupies as compared to the project over all. which are estimated to be approximately $100,000 annually. >> the sublease agreement, between the port and prologis provides for the reimbursement of the taxes leveed against the tenants especially to reduce the operating expenses. >> the project sponsor through the controls and the project sponsor is over here aaron blinkly and cordova is the director and johnson is represent as well. they have prepared extensive models on the energy safe ands their estimates through the sustain able improvements will be approximately $100,000 annually. so that equates to the cost of the specia
creates a welcoming environment for everybody. there is no cultural barrier to entry. >> the demographic of people who come will match the demographic of the reader. it is very simple. if we want more people of color, you book more people of color. you want more women, your book more women. kind of like that. it gets mixed up a little bit. in general, we kind of have a core group of people who come every month. their ages and very. we definitely have some folks who are straight. >> the loyal audience has allowed michelle to take more chances with the monthly lineup. established authors bring in an older audience. younker authors bring in their friends from the community who might be bringing in an older author. >> raider has provided a stage for more than 400 writers. it ranges from fiction to academics stories to academic stories this service the underground of queer fell, history, or culture. >> and there are so many different literary circles in san francisco. i have been programming this reading series for nine years. and i still have a huge list on my computer of people i need to ca
be a safe environment, just like 14th street and have a great place to take family, to take friends and they really created a safe environment in a city where you never know what you're going to get. i've really enjoyed the fact that we've become good friends and in a lot of ways business partners, we've taken them as examples as to how a business can be respectful if r the community, to their family and friends and likewise, we look forward to becoming and being family and friends with them for many years and hope that you do approve this location there at the degaussing station. thank you. >> is there any other public comment? >> good afternoon, commissioners, here we are putting in commercial restaurant in the tide land, how about that. without even consent from the community, this recreation and park department is to violate the process of noticing anything, whether it's their meetings, whether it's a project, whether it's whatever it is, okay, you guys are the worst most illegitimate most corrupt commissioners ever to take helm of recreation and park and the commission in this
. long paths allow you to meander, perfect for dog walking in a wooded environment. >> i enjoy this base and the history behind it. the diversity that exists in such an urban city, the concrete, the streets, cars, we have this oasis of a natural environment. it reminds us of what san francisco initially was. >> this is a section for dogs and plenty of parking. transit is available to get you there easily. and the part is ada -- park is ada accessible. there is also a natural lake. this is your chance to stroll and let the kids run free. it also has many birds to watch. it is the place to find some solitude from the city and appreciate what you share with a wonderful breath of fresh air. , an experienced this park and enjoy the peoples, picnics, and sunshine. this is a lovely place to take a stroll with your loved one hand in hand. located in the middle of pacific heights on top of a hill, lafayette park offers a great square a of a peaceful beauty. large trees border greenery. it features tables and benches, a playground, restaurants, and tennis courts. there are plenty of areas for foo
environment with the addition of five new commissions that are as bold and dynamic as the new building. >> this project was completed in record time, and we were able to integrate the artist's early enough in the process that they could work with the architect said that the work that is completed is the work that really helps complement and instill the space as opposed to being tucked away in a corner. >> be experience begins with the glass facades that was designed with over 120 laminated glass panels. it captures the experience of being under or over clouds when flying in a plane. depending on the distance or point of view, it can appear clear for more abstract and atmospheric. the subtle colors change gradually depending on the light and the time of day. >> i wanted to create an art work that looks over time as well as working on in the first glance. the first time you come here, you may not see a. but you may be able to see one side over the other. it features a couple of suspended sculptures. each was created out of a series of flat plains run parallel to each other and constructe
consider the environment also, and the quality of the planet on which we live. with mr. lee, we talked about all these questions and of course we are going encourage all of these new companies and everything that enables us to improve our cities and make them a better place to live and less polluted place to live, as may it in transportation, management of energy, in san francisco and in paris, there are innovations that are certainly ahead of many other cities in the world and i want to learn from san francisco and of course paris is there for the san francisco team, may it be a development of electric transportation or automobiles or [inaudible] or the reuse of energy of heat to heat private buildings or public building by using waste water, i explained to mayor lee that a couple of years now, i worked with bill clinton on the isolation of public buildings and specifically schools so that every year, we could renovate 100 schools in paris and the children are in heated rooms but where we don't waste energy. these are subjects on which we have a lot of common ambition and where we'd l
to environmental organizations including the cr club and san francisco department of environment. that outreach garnered four applications. one applicant did withdraw his application before we brought this item to you. in doing so endorsed the application of mr. garcia as well. so with that we are bringing mr. garcia's application to you with recommendation to appoint him to the environmental seat. if i can answer additional questions you may have. >> thank you, bob. i think being that the applicant is here maybe he can say a few words. i want to appreciate the additional outreach for the seat. i know we had expressed, you know, we wanted to see someone with a deeper set of work experience in environmentalism, so we really appreciate the additional outreach. i want to invite mr. garcia to say a few words to the board of directors. >> good morning. my name is mark garcia f i'm here from the greenlining institute in berkeley. * i want to take the time to appreciate you for inviting me in today. i have worked in los angeles and las vegas on environmental outreaches, saving the canyons in red rock
's something i think was an ideal environment for these concepts. it is limited to that geographic area. and i believe firmly that it would be very successful because it would be done with a lot of thoughtful application of these concepts. it won't be with a sledge hammer. >> right. >> on the issue of congestion pricing, there is a larger policy. what i will tell you is this. the environment that we had when we did the mobility and pricing study was such that in addition to hitting a major recession, which is not a great time to be having a conversation about charging anybody more for anything -- >> right. >> we also i believe did not have the region prepared for this. and that is a situation that we often have. we in san francisco tend to lead the charge on ideas that then take some time to mature in the region. the region is also coming along. the region has already, since we did our study, implemented some form of pricing on the bay bridge, for example. where there is a larger charge. i think we are moving in that direction. the technology is improving in terms of collection and detection a
. are you removing kids from a learning environment and giving up on them and bringing that down to 4% is really huge and i attribute that to board leadership and restorative practices, leadership at the school sites and to principals and claudia anderson and her team. finally on the test score what is is really clear to me is the achievement gap just persists so in our district the average in english is about 61% of proficient or above which is okay. that's two out of three kids that are proficient or above but we have some groups performing at 85% and some at 35% and one in three proficient or above is just not acceptable. nobody can really say that proclaims success and only one in three this a sub group are proficient and above and math 68% and pretty good overall. we have some students performing at 89% and others at 40%, just two out of five. to close this gap with single dkg itd growth would take 20 years we don't have 20 years so what is really clear from the data is the investment in the superintendent zone, with the school improvement grant, the infusion of money is relat
then baby and have alcohol but also with a family environment too. i'm hoping the roxie keeps it as a family environment too but i'm not so sure. i know that as we look at how small businesses can try to survive, finding different types of diverse types of food and drink kind of in different establishments is critical. so i'm really supportive of this and have been talking with the different theater owners from four star to balboa about ways to enhance their small businesses as well. thank you. >> president chiu: any further discussion? colleagues, first of all, on the amendments, if we could take the amendments without objection? that shall be the case. and on the underlying resolution to be adopted as amended, same house, same call? without objection the resolution is adopted. item 23. >> clerk calvillo: item 22, mr. president? >> president chiu: 22. >> clerk calvillo: an ordinance amending the planning code to permit existing gasoline and service stations located on 19th avenue to provide mechanical car washes on site. >> president chiu: passed on the first reading. >> clerk calvillo: ite
the mammoth tooth, calcium phosphate. it was over laid by sand. the environment changed from a lake to a lagoon to all of a sudden a stream system. so the sediment came in either after the mammoth lost his tooth or passed on. elephants like to lose their teeth. so it is overlaid by capping sand. >> i have a question -- >> question from the director. >> can you tell us what size you are talking about with your fingers? oh really? >> how about showing the picture. we have a picture that will show -- >> it is that big. >> not this? >> no, it is giant. >> jim, if you could address the board when you speak. >> sorry, board. >> if you could speak into the mic because the meeting is recorded. >> that is me holding the tooth, so that is the relative scale. again, that is the side view. >> pretty big. >> there you go. the grinding surface is at the bottom, where they grind leaves and individual table. it is an exciting find for biological purposes, evolutionary purposes, for kids. it is also great for science. if we can get an age out of this mastadon, a mammoth columbi, we will get an age
environment. they also can be magnets for crime and litter. now fortunately we have a plan to address these. the first part, you are obviously family with is the tgpa has eliminated a lot of the ramps that previously existed, specifically the east loop to the old transbay terminal that, is gone permanently. that frees a lot of land for development, including open space. there are other ramps not going anywhere, they will be with us forever. specifically, the west ramp to the new transbay transit center and the fremont full son street from interstate 80. * >> what we have been working on since 2003 is a way to turn that negative of these ramps into a positive to, create an active, vibrant set of open space improvements underneath those that will be an amenity for the neighborhood. not a place that attracts negative uses. this is a map just showing the -- >> sorry, mike. could you tell us who cmga is, the boundary line. >> cmg is the design firm we have hired to work on the plan. we hired a team to develop this. i should mention our principle designer, scott, ones able to be here. that is why
". the second study was described in the "new york times" in its environment section on the front page that described data that indicated san francisco bay along the embarcadero may rise 3 feet in the next eight years. the findings of the two studies merit careful consideration of land use questions confronting san francisco. i have described these to the planning department and the port commission and the board of supervisors. approving such significant capital projects should be based on the best and most scientific data preparing against flooding will be expensive, but it is important not to ignore the city's safety based on the most recent data that we have. thank you. >> thank you. is there any additional public comments? seeing none mr. chairman can we close public comment? >> yes. >> okay. public comment is closed. so mr. chairman i move that we forward this to the full board with a positive recommendation. this proposed community safety element went through a very, very lengthy thorough process and public vetting with public hearing and i think it's very, very strong and d
's a workshop happening on october 1 and they'll talk about the department environment, spuc, to talk about how to establish these districts in these neighborhoods and we're excited about the potential there, it has some great possibilities. secondly, i just wanted to call your attention and we're able to mention this briefly that there is due legislation related to the successor agency, there was additional state law passed that required us to make changes to the structure that we have set up, the mayor has proposed legislation that would separate the functions of the fiduciary responsibilities from the other functions that were not quite under state law but were required by the city to take on such as entitlement authority, so the legislation that you'll hear about briefly and that we will follow up with you in a memo about -- we'll explain that in more detail, the state has again added additional responsibilities and has again add some changes to the structure in how we have -- how we operate under the successor agency model and it will require two separate boards now, one for specifically t
say, don't screw it up. [ laughter ] i fel very fortunate to work in this environment, to work for a great company and most importantly to get to work with all of you everyday. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> thank you, carl. now we're going to move from the talk about the tech explosion to one of our most significant economic generators, which is the hospitality industry and i think we're going to have some breaking news this morning, if i can call it that. and see some of the first visuals of the moscone center expansion. at least i think so. so we're so fortunate -- i'm not going to waste a lot of time on the introduction, but have i to say that joe, president and ceo of sf travel association, formerly san francisco convention bureau is one of the leaders of the city and has done so much for the industry and for sf travel. and he is going to tell you about the plans for the moscone center expansion. he has done so much and created the san francisco tourism improvement district in 2009 and that actually is helping fund this whole structure. so i'm just going to let j
environment for students with special needs we recognize the deep and rich partnership for students with special needs shared with key agencies such as families with children with disabilities and host the advisory committee for special education ten times per year. therefore be resolved that the board of education of the san francisco unified school district recognizes support for children with disabilities to be celebrated this friday, september 28, for the agency's tremendous contributions to supporting san francisco public school students and their families through the many activities throughout the year. [applause] >> thank you commissioner. i don't see any public speakers for this. is there a public speaker that didn't sign up? you may come up anyways because you're going to be receiving it, but are there comments from the board first? and then we will bring you up. >> i just want to say that the school district relies on many different organizations but really this agency in particular touches so many of our families that i am pleased to recognize the 30th anniversary for
and enhance the business environment and balance for transportation access. i would like to touch on the background and talk about the major issues and summarize the requested actions for you today. jefferson street project is an effort led by the city planning department who worked with the community benefit district and the larger community where many issues were addressed and shaped the final project. the project manager from city planning is here and available today. the city's department of public works is the project's sponsor to implement the construction, and john thomas of dpw is also here today. the city is supplying $5 millen to fund the work. in 2008 to 2010. the city planning department completed the fisherman's warf plan which includes the proposed jefferson street plan, jefferson street is the main commercial spine of fisherman's warf. the east end is near pier by powell street. jurisdiction includes all sidewalks and up to the building faces on the south side. the jefferson street plan is bold, for the two blocks before you it takes a 37 foot width street with two
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